(1) Whenever the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services determines that any person has engaged in, or is about to engage in, any act or practice which the director believes would give rise to liability under ORS 650.020, the director may bring suit in the name of the State of Oregon in any circuit court of this state to enjoin the acts or practices. Upon a proper showing, the court shall grant a permanent or temporary injunction or restraining order and may appoint a receiver or conservator for the defendant or the defendantís assets. The court shall not require the director to post a bond. The court may award reasonable attorney fees to the director if the director prevails in an action under this section. The court may award reasonable attorney fees to a defendant who prevails in an action under this section if the court determines that the director had no objectively reasonable basis for asserting the claim or no reasonable basis for appealing an adverse decision of the trial court.
(2) The director may include in any suit authorized by subsection (1) of this section a claim for any amount the franchisee could recover under ORS 650.020 or a claim for damages on behalf of other persons injured by any act or practice against which an injunction or restraining order is sought. The court may award appropriate relief to the franchisee or such other persons if the court finds that enforcement of the right of the franchisee or other persons by private civil action or suit, whether by class action or otherwise, would be so burdensome or expensive as to be impractical. [1973 c.509 §8; 1981 c.897 §85; 1995 c.696 §41]Section: Previous 650.010 650.015 650.020 650.050 650.055 650.057 650.060 650.065 650.070 650.075 650.080 650.085 650.095 650.100 650.120 Next
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